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Flaming Gorge – Day 1

Flaming Gorge – Day 1

Cody and I decided to use the long Memorial Day weekend to get out of town and head to the mountains. We drove away from the city, passed through the desert, and ended up at Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area. We drove down a dirt road and found a campsite that fit our tastes perfectly: secluded, no RV noise, no restrooms/showers/groups of people, and no fee. Just a free patch of ground to plop our tent and roast some hot…

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Moab – Part 3

Moab – Part 3

On Sunday we broke down camp quickly. We wanted to reach the trail to Morning Glory bridge at 7 a.m. but with the sun creeping higher, I was scared it was going to be 9 a.m. and packed. We double-checked we left no trace of trash, then started the engine. The clock read 6:30 a.m. Cody and I exchanged dubious glances, waiting for it to update. We broke into grins to find we were actually on schedule. We arrived to…

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Moab – Part 2

Moab – Part 2

The sun woke us…and the sound of gobbling wild turkeys. A single turkey would call, then a chorus would repeat back to him. We had fun joking about possible conversations at the turkey town hall meeting. Then we dragged our carcasses from the warm sleeping bags, and set out for our first hike. Our first destination? The iconic Corona Arch! But first, a desert hike to reach it. Cody said I looked like I was holding it up. He lied….

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Moab Adventures – Part 1

Moab Adventures – Part 1

My birthday is not until the 28th, but due to scheduling time off work, Cody took me on an early birthday adventure. I woke to find the car packed, our destination a secret, and a three day weekend of fun stretching before us. He’d even burned me a special mixed CD of my favorite songs. Details like that make it even more special. We had firewood, snacks, and our pup, so I knew the weekend held outdoor adventures. I pestered…

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5 Places to Explore in Boise, ID

5 Places to Explore in Boise, ID

To travel is to live. – Hans Christian Anderson 1. Downtown: This is one of the cleanest, brightest, prettiest downtown spaces I’ve ever seen. It ranks up there with Indianapolis, my favorite city. The people are friendly, the shops eclectic, and flowers line everything. 2. Farmer’s Market: Not just one, but two! We found amazing pie at the first, and dozens of adorable pets at the second. Explore them both and sample the local wonders. 3. Jump Creek Falls: A…

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5 Life Lessons from Questival

5 Life Lessons from Questival

Questival was a grand adventure, but we also learned some important life lessons from our 24 hours of exploration. 1. Hometown Perks Questival is a great way to explore your own city and rediscover the joys of your hometown. Even if you have experienced certain things before, seeing them in a different light brings on a stronger sense of appreciation. 2. Contentment While driving toward Jump Rock Falls, Alyssa and I fell into a pensive silence. We looked at each…

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10 Reasons to Sign Up for Questival

10 Reasons to Sign Up for Questival

1. Competition: We did not win. We did not come close to winning. But it was fun to race the clock, earn points, and try to get as close to the leaders as possible. 2. Food: Many of the tasks revolved around eating food local to the state or community. We ate our way around Boise, and it was delicious. 3. Adventure: Questival pushes you out of laziness and Netflix and into the world. With all its wonders. 4. Laughs:…

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Staying Sane on Long Car Drives

Staying Sane on Long Car Drives

Cody and I will be making the long trek back to our home state and families for Christmas. I equipped Sandy with snow tires with studs, and we bought tire chains. We are packing the trunk full of sleeping bags, emergency supplies, water, and food. And dog kibble. Praying we encounter no trouble as we travel, we will focus on the next problem: a hyper Shelby (you thought I was going to say Zara) in the car. Here are my…

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Winter Exploring Tips

Winter Exploring Tips

Just because winter is upon us does not mean our explorations need to cease. Cody’s sister Georgi and her boyfriend Hunter came to visit for the weekend, and we weren’t going to let some brisk weather stop our adventures. Here are my top tips for safe, fun, winter exploring. 1. Think Outside the (Bird) Cage: I heard of a local animal conservancy that rescues hurt animals. Not only were they having a free entrance weekend, they also had trails to…

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Cody’s 23rd Birthday Part Three

Cody’s 23rd Birthday Part Three

Cody’s 23rd birthday was met with the dawn. I dragged him unceremoniously from his cozy sleeping bag and we set to work breaking down camp. Perhaps not the relaxing morning he was hoping for, but adventure waits for no one. We rolled out of camp at 7 a.m. with Cody bright-eyed after opening his present: reservations to zip line in the Gallatin Gateway of Bozeman, Montana. We met our guides, Josh and Jelica, and after a quick safety run-down, we…

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